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Another Sam to make Walmart a home

Published: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 6:16 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The aroma of steam-cooked, angus beef burgers and grilled onions soon will billow near the entrance of Walmart.

Sam’s Steamed Caboose Burgers, a chain based in Guttenberg, Iowa, plans to open a restaurant Oct. 14 inside the Walmart at 1640 S. Galena Ave.

Sam’s will feature a steam-cooked burger served with grilled onions and a variety of other sandwiches, as well as breakfast items and a coffee bar, said Matt Weldon, vice president of operations for Sam’s.

The restaurant is planning to open in a number of Walmart stores across the country, Weldon said. Dixon will be the first.

Wedding Whims now Petals to Parties

DIXON – When Wendy Faley saw a news item that Wedding Whims planned to close this fall, she told Jamie Moore to go talk to the owner about buying the business.

Stacy Blackbourn planned to close Oct. 31. Her business at 113 S. Hennepin Ave. was doing well, but she wanted more time to herself.

Now, Faley and Moore will open a similar business, called Petals to Parties, in which they will offer tuxedos, invitations, bouquets, centerpieces, and other wedding items. Petals to Parties also will expand the business beyond weddings and into other events, such as high school dances, graduation parties, and the like.

The new owners also plan to sell gifts at their shop.

The business is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A Facebook page and website are coming soon. For now, they can be called at 815-288-7496.

New people in charge of The Bistro

ROCK FALLS – The Bistro has a new owner.

Joni Hemminger and Robert Hemminger Sr. of Sterling now own the restaurant at the Napp Inn. They run it with Joni’s sister, Julie Marshall, also of Sterling. They have a combined 76 years of restaurant experience, Marshall said.

The restaurant at 510 W. state Route 30 is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day but Wednesday, serving mashed potatoes and pork tenderloins, among other items.

Call 815-625-8007 for more information.

Casey’s reopens

AMBOY – After about a 3-month wait, Casey’s General Store is back.

The old building at 308 E. Main St. was demolished and a new one built in its place. It opened Thursday.

The store, equipped with a counter for sandwiches made to order, is having a grand opening today. The rest of the offerings, including pizza and doughnuts, are expected to remain the same, and there still will be eight gas pumps.

City of God moves to Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – The City of God church has a new home – the old Video Villager at 530 W. state Route 30.

It moved in about 3 weeks ago, even though remodeling is not finished.

“[We’re] worshiping while we work,” the Rev. Larry Harts said. “The sanctuary is nice and safe. We’re building the bathroom and children and youth ministries [area].”

The nondenominational church was at 912 W. Sixth St. in Sterling. Harts said he’s looking forward to getting to know the Rock Falls community, but doesn’t intend to forget about Sterling.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Call 815-716-8254 for more information.

Grand opening for Sedona

ROCK FALLS – Moline-based Sedona Staffing had a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate its grand opening in Rock Falls.

The staffing company opened Aug. 5 at 1515A W. Rock Falls Road.

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